Allen & Heath are a leading manufacturer and designer of mixing desks for live sound, installations, DJs, broadcast and recording studios. Obviously, here at DJ TECH DIRECT we concentrate on the DJ side of things, with the mixers that scream quality and prestige.
Allen & Heath began its life in the late 60's in central London, but now has headquarters that reside in the beautiful location of Cornwall, with manufacturing taking place in the UK and in China also. Its a worldwide brand and has leading stars in their industry, pioneering their products, with the likes of Pete Tong, Rita Ora and Adele supporting the brand.
There's no wonder, that with the history and hands on experience that the guys and girls at Allen & Heath have, that their DJ products are so, so good. If you ask any dj to say the first word that they think of when they think about Allen & Heath, I bet my house that it'd either be 'sound quality' or 'filters'.
In this blog I'll give a quick over-view of the current range that we stock and a few additional pointers on the features of each - Not just it has an awesome sound and immense filters.
Xone:K1 is a compact, slim line DJ MIDI controller that lets you define and customise your workflow and mixing experience with your chosen DJ or production software. The :K1 can be easily set up for fast access to level controls, triggering hot cues, adding FX and instant looping, freeing you to concentrate on the music, not on the laptop screen.
The Xone:K1 is now an OFFICIAL Serato accessory.
Xone:K2 is a compact, slim line universal MIDI controller – incorporating a 4 channel soundcard, for use with any DJ software.
With 52 hardware controls providing up to 171 MIDI commands across 3 layers – also the ability to link multiple units using X:LINK, saving USB ports on your computer.
Simple mapping lets you create a unique layout that suits your style and puts the functions that matter at easy reach, with 3 colour illuminating switches which makes life so much easier behind the decks.
The superhigh quality internal soundcard provides additional setup options using the Xone:K2 with headphones, headphones and a mix system or with an external mixer. Xone:K2 includes a padded case as standard. The case doubles as a stand, bringing the K2 up to the same height as most pro DJ mixers.
Xone:23 is a 2+2 channel DJ mixer packed with pro features that would normally be found in the booth of a top-rated club, including an enhanced version of the legendary Xone filter with resonance control, VCA faders, 3 band total kill EQ, illuminated switches, crossfader curve selector and styling inspired by the flagship Xone:DB4.
The Xone:23C brings together the best of digital DJing and conventional mixing in a compact accessible format.
This high performance DJ mixer is equipped with a premium quality, 4 stereo channel 96kHz 24bit internal soundcard and offers plug n’ play connection via X:LINK to Xone:K series controllers, making it perfect for performers looking to combine the convenience of digital DJing and recording with the hands-on control and visual appeal of a real mixer.
Xone:23C includes an enhanced version of the legendary Xone filter with resonance control, VCA faders, 3 band total kill EQ, illuminated switches, crossfader curve selector and styling inspired by the flagship Xone:DB4.
The Xone:43 mixer is supported by leading DJ Software, Serato DJ, and is DVS upgrade ready with the addition of the Serato DJ Club Kit – meaning that you do not need an additional interface. You'll find fluid mixing extremely easy with this mixer.
Xone:62 is a true classic renowned for its amazing audio quality, industry leading VCF filters and creative 4-band EQ. The 6 dual stereo inputs, clear layout and ease of use quickly established the Xone:62 as the mixer of choice for many of the world’s greatest DJs and club installs. The Xone:62 elevates sound and performance tenfold.
The Xone:DB range gives the DJ maximum digital DJ performance. It's extremely flexible and versatile giving the dj full control over its full capability.
The DB2 boasts twin chainable FX engines, four stereo channels, full Input matrix, and unique Trimodal EQ system. With its built in USB soundcard, MIDI control, Xone Filters and X:LINK connectivity, the Xone:DB2 unleashes the DJ’s creativity. The Xone:DB2 captures the essence of DB4 in a stylish, accessible, affordable format and blurs the boundaries between DJing, production and performance for the next generation.
The Xone:92 is a versatile six channel analogue mixer, renowned for its expansive, involving sound, making it industry standard, especially in house and techno clubs. With its solid construction and easy to use interface, the 92 is on the riders of most of the world’s top DJs and is a permanent fixture in the booth at many of the biggest superclubs.
The Xone:92 was one of the first professional DJ mixers to incorporate MIDI for control of DJ software or external devices, and the first to include the innovative dual VCF filters. It has two stereo FX sends, twin Mic/returns, and one of the best EQ sections around, this mixer is a at the top of most djs rider.
Xone:4D is a unique DJ workstation combining a high quality analogue DJ mixer with extended software controller functionality. The 20-channel USB2 soundcard provides multiple routing options, enabling vast capabilities for live recording, sampling and playback. For the DJ who requires extended MIDI control of up to 4 software decks simultaneously, 4D is a state of the art hybrid controller to enhance your performance.
As the first model in the range, the Xone:464 paved the way with superior sound and build quality never seen before in a DJ mixer. A dedicated club mixer, designed to please both club technicians and the performing DJ, its combination of versatility and fine craftsmanship mean it is still the first choice for venues where DJ’s and engineers are serious about their music.
The Xone:DB4 is a truly ground-breaking mixer and by far the most advanced product that Allen & Heath have designed.
It has been stemmed from the iLive pro-touring FX system, there are FX algorithms with BPM conscious parameters and tight spectral control, customised to perfectly fit the DJ environment. As the loops and FX are automatically synchronised to the tempo of the track, it is very easy to build some amazing grooves and flows without problems of latency and the general hassle often associated with using software and laptops.
So there we have it, all of the products that we currently stock in the Allen & Heath range. For me personally, the Xone:DB2 wins for its sheer value for money, as theres certainly no other mixer out there in that price range that feels so good.... But of course if my wallet was bulging, the DB4 is truly amazing!